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Trump Kept Allies at Bay in China Trade Talks to Disadvantage Europe

Posted March 11, 2019

Under Economic Issues, International Trade Issues

(Vivian Salama & William Mauldin – Wall Street Journal)

France’s President Emmanuel Macron came to the White House last April hoping to join forces with President Trump in confronting China on its trade and business practices.

Mr. Macron’s bid for a united front went nowhere, according to people briefed on the discussion. Mr. Trump instead told Mr. Macron he didn’t want to see the European Union reaping the benefits of a U.S.-China trade pact, these people said.

Nearly a year later, Mr. Trump continues to keep European allies at arm’s length, declining to share details of the draft trade agreement—which he has called “my deal,” according to these people, who include officials from several European countries.

Some U.S. business leaders say Mr. Trump’s unilateral approach doesn’t bode well for a long-term solution. Click here to read more.